Tyshun is Samuel’s given first name, but he has been known as Deebo for years — at least dating to his five years at the University of South Carolina, where he overcame injuries to develop into an all-American and one of the most accomplished players in program history.MORE: Super Bowl 54 picks, predictions from SN’s expertsSo, about “Deebo”: Where did that come from? Gamecocksonline.com’s bio of Samuel offers this:(T)he nickname “Deebo” comes from the neighborhood bully character played by actor Tiny Lister in the movie “Friday.”That doesn’t fully explain why, of course. Fortunately, other people have been curious enough to ask for more. Samuel — who set records at Chapman High in Inman, S.C., before moving on to South Carolina — has been glad to provide the … deets.”When I was little, my daddy [Galen] said I was a bully,” Deebo told Gamecocksonline.com in 2015. “He said I was always taking things from him. The nickname stuck, so I’m good with it.”(In case you want to feel old, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Friday.”)There is another similarity to Samuel and the “Friday” version of Deebo, but it’s one that’s channeled a lot more positively.”He has an emotional response where if you tap into that and make it personal, you’re really going to see that top-end ability,” Samuel’s high school head coach, Mark Hodge, told The (Columbia, S.C.) State in 2016. “The best players I’ve ever seen you don’t want to challenge them, because when you do challenge them, you get a whole other level.” Don’t be surprised if Tyshun Samuel makes big plays in Super Bowl 54.Wait, did we say Tyshun? Sorry, we meant Deebo Samuel, the 49ers’ emerging rookie wide receiver. Deebo is ready to make some plays against the Chiefs in Miami. Samuel, who turned 24 on Jan. 15, quickly turned into a field-stretching option for Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after being taken in the second round (36th overall) by the Niners in last year’s NFL Draft. He finished the 2019 regular season with 57 receptions (second on the team to tight end George Kittle), 14.1 yards per catch and three receiving touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns while averaging 11.4 yards on 14 attempts.His postseason numbers may look underwhelming (five receptions in two games), but consider that Garoppolo has completed just 17 passes total in the playoffs and that Samuel has one more catch than Kittle.Expect Deebo to accept the challenge of Super Sunday and snatch a few more passes away from Chiefs defenders.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Ouya console. After raising $8.59 million on Kickstarter the team set to work finalizing the design of the machine and the software development kit (SDK) required to produce games and apps for it. Yesterday was a big milestone though, as Ouya came out of its design phase and has gone into development.What that actually means is the Ouya team is now having hardware made and the first Tegra 3-powered PCBs have been manufactured. The image below, with the first Ouya PCB sitting next to a Coke can, shows you some idea of just how small the final unit is going to be. That board is basically a complete Ouya minus its casing and storage.Ouya is currently in the engineering validation test (EVT) phase, which is when engineering prototypes are created to test performance and ensure the system works. Anyone who pledged $699 for the Developer Special or $1,337 for the Elite Developer Special should be very interested in EVT boards because these prototypes are the hardware that will be delivered to you in December along with an early access SDK. Each one is set to be unique, so they are certainly collector’s items.Developers and users will also be happy to hear Ouya is moving Android versions to remain up-to-date. Ouya was originally expected to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that has been replaced with Jelly Bean.Everything seems to be on track for the Ouya team to hit the target dates they outlined as part of the Kickstarter pledges. The first developer kits will ship in December and then the first shipments of actual Ouya consoles will start shipping in March. Developers can also expect to get their hands on the SDK and access to the developer portal before the end of the year.More at the Ouya blog